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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 1823
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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Photo of popery


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a entirely average beer. It's not bad, but it's also not really good. It's just a really simple beer with no real flaws and no real highpoints. I'm going to forget this one before my glass is clean.

A: Transparent ruby brown with a creamy beige head.

S: Malty, caramel, mild hops. No real nuttiness that I like from the style. Just a simple malty aroma.

T: A bit sweet but not really cloying. Not enough hop bite or malt bitterness. Just sugary caramel malt.

M: A bit slick and probably overcarbonated, at least for the style.

D: I'm just bored. There's no real subtlety, here. This beer lacks the creamy feel and nutty flavor of better brown ales, but it's also entirely inoffensive. It's not hard to drink in any way, and this review sounds more negative than I actually feel. This is an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 06:20:22 | More by popery
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle purchased from one of my favourite beer shops as a Christmas treat.

Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy light-brown head that takes a minute or two to subside. It doesn't smell of much really - sweet dark malt and little else.

Initial taste is of dark malt, rather sweet and sticky with distinct caramel flavours; this progresses to a somewhat cloying bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes to be detected. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and coats the tongue, although the flavour doesn't linger after swallowing.

I didn't love this one - it seemed to have a rather unpleasant flavour. It would perhaps benefit from a greater addition of hops to the recipe to balance out the malt, which seemed overly sweet. A pity, as I've enjoyed the other beers I've tried from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:27:27 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: rich mahogany colored body with a slightly dark copper/caramel looking head that doesn't last more than three seconds, some light lacing

S: malty and yeasty, some nuts involved, light chocolate

T: nuts and yeastiness, light roasted graininess

M: medium, fairly sessionable, dry aftertaste, bitter finish

O: just a tad above decent, but a bit too yeasty for a brown ale, unsure if I`ll come back to this

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:35:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut; medium tan head, not long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet; light coffee, molassas and toffee smells; light hops; overall, light aroma

Taste: Sweet juicy malt, but way too thin on the start; zippy carbonation in the mid through the end; semi-sweet finish with hint of nuttiness; not too noteworthy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:26:11 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best Before Aug 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Big creamy offwhite head with good retention. Dark brown body.

Smell - Very malty. Chocolate and a slight hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste - Slight malt upfront. Not as much as I expected from the smell. Prominent metallic finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Astringent finish that lingers.

Overall Drinkability - Started off strong, and went crashing down hill after the 2nd sip. Would not have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:23:01 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Brabander


2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade and i completely forgot the name of the BA who send it to me. Sorry sorry!

This is an easy drinkable beer. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks quit nice. Deepdarkbrown fluid and a nice head with lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit abnormal and i can not really point out what is wrong with it....is it the smell of my feet?

Taste is a bit too thin and with lots of strange twists. Not really worth drinking....but i am glad i got to try it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:29:45 | More by Brabander
Photo of BrewMaster


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness dating of "best before Jan '05." Good thing I opened this the first week of January. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a light head on it that rings the glass. Even with swirling a true head does not develop. The aroma was just messed up on this beer. I don't know if it was a bad bottle or what, but it had a funky blue cheese smell to it. I love ripened cheeses, but not when they are eminating from my beer. It was about as attractive as a big piece of spinach stuck in between a woman's teeth. Luckily this beer had some redeeming flavor to combat the off-putting aroma. The flavor is sweet wiht alcohol flavors up front followed by a soft, smoky, and almost Belgian malty flavor. That blue cheese did creep into the flavor a bit though. Too bad. There was very little contribution of hops to celebrate. This beer was soft on the palate despite being offensive to the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 06:34:40 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a deep amber, didn't look really brown.

Smell: Sweet malt.

Taste: Very sweet intially, finishes with strong hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, slight thin.

Drinkability: Not impressed. Too sweet when it first hits the palate, too bitter afterwards. Lacks complexity in flavor. Wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 01:26:09 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of kegger22


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head that quickly reduces to a collar. A slight coffee aroma is all I get. The taste is nutty but a little watery. The feel was medium bodied and fair carbonation. Drinkability was good. Not a lot here, but it is OK and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 21:19:22 | More by kegger22
Photo of ryandelaney


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually love a good brown ale. I like most of what BBC puts out, but their brown ale left me a poor taste in my mouth. It poured very well. Good dark brown to dark amber color. The nose was of good aroma. It smelled like a brown ale should. Good malt qualities, but the mouthfeel was not there at all. Now I tried it from a bottle served in a pint glass so I will would try it again off a tap (if I could find it in indiana), but until then I would not suggest this for a bottle purchase. Get it on tap otherwise go with something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 06:38:01 | More by ryandelaney
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brown colour, not much taste and from a bit of bitter and malts. Aggressively carbonated. Ok with food, medium mouthfeel with a spot of nuttiness.Skunky aroma, it may have travelled about but was always kept at good temperature, and before expiry date.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 02:46:48 | More by Sammy
Photo of bboven


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color; brown in the middle, tones of ruby at the edges of the glass.

It smells like a brown ale, but a real weak one. Is this an attempt to give brown ale to masses?

Lots of roast, the alcohol comes through a lot for a brown though. Something sweeter, or a bit more hop bitterness might cover this up.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a brown. The aftertaste is a bit clingy and sour.

A non-offensive brown ale that I would definitely suggest to a newbie friend, but I like mine with a bit more body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 00:10:44 | More by bboven
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottle BB Jan 2009):

Pours a dark rich colored body with a small creamy tan colored head. Has an aroma of hoppiness, and some sweetness. Has a creamy nutty taste, and s ome lager taste. Some hotness, alcohol. Eh, not a fan. Carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:54:47 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of mjw2808


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

darkish brown color with a reddish hint to it. Small head, not much lacing. The smell is of a lot of caramel, malt, and bready grain. The taste is caramel, caramel, caramel with noticeable brown sugar as it goes down. Way too sweet for me. Average mouthfeel and too sweet to be very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 22:41:08 | More by mjw2808
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small caramel roast. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel and a small roasted malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Not much nose and mellow, a good stand by.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 20:02:55 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, single bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
A strong pour yielded a large, frothy head along with a dark-brown, mahogany appearance that was lucid and clear...
Subtle, non-descript smell without any real assertive aroma present...
Taste was likewise bland and not-exciting or too assertive... Very pale flavor without too much going on... Some nutty, malty taste was there, but nothing at all to write home about...
Flacid, light, watered-down mouthfeel...
Drinkability was alright since there was no alcohol detectable, but since there was not much flavor present either, wouldn't want to make this one my single choice of the night...
Much better out there to choose from... Wouldn't recommend this one...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:11:42 | More by dsa7783
Photo of champ103


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some sticky rings of lace behind.
S: Buttery diacetyl overwhelms the nose and is very off putting. Other than that some sweet caramel malt. Really lacking in the nose.
T: Again, a diacetyl flavor that follows the nose. Not as noticeable as the nose however, and a little more depth of flavor. Caramel and chocolate malts. Still not that impressive.
M/D: A medium body, but is over carbonated. I would not want to drink more than one because of the diacetyl flavor.

Pretty much sub par. I probably will not by by this again, and would not recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 01:34:56 | More by champ103
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this is one of the first beers I've had in a while that evoked a mental "meh". Looked decent enough, the head filled my Vintage Vinyl pint glass and then receded to a small cap. The smell was nothing but hops. I was hoping for malt, maybe dark bread, something else, but it was just generic hops. Pretty watery overall, this beer lacks a malt backbone. Hops dominate the palate, along with a bit of ale fruitiness. Other than that... meh.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 18:21:17 | More by Folderol
Photo of projectflam86


2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep russet color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- A bit of roast and some diacetyl butteriness.

T- A bit of a sour caramel malt flavor with some buttery toasted tastes in the finish. A bit of a hop bitterness and some soap. Kind of a weird taste?

M- Medium/light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Not really what I was expecting. A flavor that really didn't work that well for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 04:30:07 | More by projectflam86
Photo of eporter66

New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz Pint glass - on draft

A - No head at all when served (the bars fault I am sure), so I have to give a low appearance rating from that. Beer was a dark brown with a more dark amber color in the light.

S - Roasted nutty aroma, not too strong

T - Brown ales may not be for me either, although there was a nutty flavor, the beer had a real sour note (again, possibly an issue with the bar), but this has happened before with me when drinking brown ales. The nutty roasted flavor gives way to a sour finish, not to my liking.

M - Surprisingly, with no head on the beer, there was a decent carbonation while drinking.

D - Just did not enjoy the flavor, and switched to SA Noble Pils for my second beer of the night. I was not enjoying the sour flavor of the beer.

O - I may have to rewrite this, but not a great experience with this Ale, I have heard great things about Brooklyn brewery, so I will be trying more from them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 00:38:46 | More by eporter66
Photo of Stubbie1


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a real dark orange. Gives off a decent off white head. Doesn’t leave much of a lace. Aroma was a bit nutty but mostly malt, somewhat sweet. Taste was the nose. A nutty malt flavor. A bit dry and bitter at the finish. Nothing to crazy but over all an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 16:31:57 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of assurbanipaul


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear ruby chestnut with a light frothy head. Aroma is malty with a good hop presence and faint caramel and cocoa elements.

Taste is immediately dominated by the malt. Rich chocolate malt tempered with some more traditional toasty flavor. Cocoa bits fade into a more vinous nature as the glass empties. Faintly medicinal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but light as per the style. A decent example, would be better if not for the slight acrid aftertaste that leaves it just a little unpleasant. I like my brown ales more on the "brown" side and less on the hoppy end. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 02:34:17 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown color with an off white head and lacing. Aroma of caramel, floral/citrus hops and nuts.

Taste: Caramel and slight toffee upfront, hop bitterness chimes in orange citrus flavors. There is a tart twang (overactive ale yeast strain/infection?) and is a touch metallic. Finishes more malty and slightly dry.

M/O: Light medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, without the weird twang this would be a great brown ale. If I get a better sample I will re-review, but the bottle was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 12:26:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of dustinTN


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Nice dark mahogany color almost two finger head with modest lacing. Modest smell - more hoppy than most brown ales for certain. Smelled some roasted malt and sweet brown sugar, too. The taste is, well, lacking. It's not an especially bad flavor, but it seems watered down - even after waiting some time for it to warm up (which helped, but only so much.) There is a little bit of malty sweetness and little bit of bitter hops, but not much of anything and not very exciting. Very, very carbonated and a medium body. This is a step up from a domestic macro lager, but I can't say much more. I'm a big fan of other Brooklyn offerings, so I was pretty disappointed in this one. I won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:27:04 | More by dustinTN
Photo of Buebie


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle. Freshness date of July 2009.

Forms a 1'' tan head, slowly receeds to leave a foamy cap of retention and plenty of sticky thick lace drapes.
Color is a darker brown with alot of red hues glowing when held to light.

Aromas of chocolate, nuts, coffee, caramel and roasted grains. Aroma is pretty laid back and these things took some swirling to pull out.

Carbonation over abundance, stinging the hell out of my tounge. This seems watered down...
Some cocoa nuttyness and roasted grains with a little bit of coffe and plenty of bitter grains lingering through the swallow. Just a little bit of hops here. This is way over carbonated and really destroys the pallette and my ability to pick up flavors is lost with alot of the carbonation.

Not feeling this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 21:52:09 | More by Buebie
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